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(1)After subsection (6) of section 4 of the M1Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967 (licensing of fishing boats) there shall be inserted—
“(6A)The conditions subject to which a licence may be granted under this section may differ as between different vessels or between vessels of different descriptions.”
(2)In subsection (7) of that section (penalty for failure to comply with requirement to furnish information) after the word “fails” there shall be inserted the words “ without reasonable excuse ”.
(3)After subsection (7) of that section there shall be inserted—
“(7A)Any person who—
(a)for the purpose of obtaining a licence under this section; or
(b)in purported compliance with subsection (7) above,
furnishes information which he knows to be false in a material particular or recklessly furnishes information which is false in a material particular shall be guilty of an offence under this subsection.”
(4)After subsection (9) of that section there shall be inserted—
“(9A)Where an order under this section prohibits fishing in a specified area for a specified description of sea fish there shall be returned to the sea forthwith—
(a)any sea fish of that description taken on board a fishing boat in contravention of the order; and
(b)except so far as the order otherwise provides, any sea fish of that description taken on board a fishing boat in that area in the course of fishing for sea fish of a different description;
but, where the order applies only to fishing by a specified method or during a specified period or by boats of a specified description, paragraph (b) above applies only if the fish are caught by that method, during that period or by a boat of that description.
(9B)Where subsection (9A) above is not complied with in the case of any fishing boat, the master, the owner and the charterer (if any) shall each be guilty of an offence under that subsection.”
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